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David Baker on CBC’s Power and Politics

  • February 1, 2016
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker is scheduled to appear on CBC’s Power and Politics at 6:30pm tonight! He will be discussing physician assisted dying with Professor Jocelyn Downie.

If you miss it, check out our blog tomorrow to see the clip. » Read the rest

Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario: Facing a Future with Assisted Suicide

  • September 23, 2015
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On Sunday, October 4, 2015, Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) is presenting its “Facing a Future with Assisted Suicide” webinar (link to flyer for webinar).

Dr. Eric Wasylenko, Director of the Dosseter Centre of Health Ethics, will moderate, with disability rights lawyer David Baker and health law expert Gilbert Sharpe forming the expert panel leading the discussion on the remaining questions that need to be addressed in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 (link to case). » Read the rest

Public servants with visual impairments say government failing them

  • July 23, 2015
  • Phil Emery
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David Baker recently spoke with Julie Ireton of CBC to voice the concerns of public servants with visual impairments who allege that the federal government is lagging behind when it comes to accessibility in employment. Please see CBC’s July 2, 2015 article to learn more about the federal government’s failure to ensure all of its employees have the tools necessary to do their jobs (link to article). » Read the rest

Department of National Defence turns down foreign-trained professionals despite shortage

  • April 20, 2015
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Starting Monday April 13, 2015, bakerlaw appeared before the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Toronto on behalf of Arthur Keith, a former U.S Air Force psychiatrist.  Despite a shortage of mental health staff in the Canadian military, and despite Dr. Keith being licensed to practice in Ontario, his applications have been consistently turned down due to a policy that excludes foreign-born and foreign-trained specialists due to a required extra level of certification. » Read the rest

Tribute to champion of disability rights, Helen Henderson

  • April 14, 2015
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Canadian journalism has lost its preeminent writer on disability issues. Helen Henderson, who lived much of her professional life with multiple sclerosis died on April 11th  of cancer. Helen tackled cutting edge disability issues without ever sounding strident. The rights she demanded in her columns reflected her common sense and decency. » Read the rest

Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Statement on Sexual Harassment and the Human Rights Code

  • November 28, 2014
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On November 25, 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a statement on “Sexual Harassment and the Ontario Human Rights Code” (link to statement).  In the statement, the OHRC notes that it was prompted to issue the statement as a result of ‘recent events’ (i.e.  the allegations of sexual harassment both on Parliament Hill and at the CBC), triggering “a nationwide discussion about the continued occurrence of sexual harassment and violence against women throughout Canadian society.” » Read the rest

Bakerlaw to appear before Supreme Court of Canada in Carter Assisted Suicide case

  • October 10, 2014
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On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear arguments on whether Canada should strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent assisted suicide, but only with regard to disabled people. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are the organized voice of Canada’s disabled citizens and will be represented by bakerlaw as an intervener at the hearing in order to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia (AS/E). » Read the rest

Human Rights Commission Releases Policy on Mental Illness and Addiction-based Discrimination

  • June 19, 2014
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This week, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its new “Policy on preventing discrimination based on mental health disabilities and addictions” (link to policy).  This much-needed policy will shed light on how to recognize the existence of a mental health disability and addiction, and a corresponding duty to accommodate, as well as the process of accommodation itself in these cases.   » Read the rest

Federal Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Accommodate Childcare Obligations

  • May 28, 2014
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Toronto, ON, May 27, 2014 — In a unanimous decision, the Federal Court of Appeal found that it is discriminatory for employers to refuse to accommodate employees with bona fide childcare obligations.  The Court upheld the decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which ruled that Canadian National Railway (CN) discriminated against Denise Seeley by failing to accommodate her family obligations. » Read the rest

Good News About Special Education

  • May 20, 2014
  • BakerLaw
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Toronto, ON, May 20, 2014 — It is frightening how many families have had their exceptional child excluded indefinitely from school, or have felt compelled to home school or privately educate their child because a publicly funded school did not meet their child’s needs.  Universal education for all has become a fantasy rather than a reality. » Read the rest

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